Verstappen gained the award following his 2021 F1 title overcome former Laureus award winner Lewis Hamilton, who collectively gained the 2020 version of the awards with footballing nice Lionel Messi.
The Dutchman beat American soccer icon Tom Brady, Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, marathon working legend Eliud Kipchoge, swimmer Caeleb Dressel – who gained 5 gold medals on the Tokyo Olympics – and 20-time tennis Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic.
The opposite winners of the Sportsman of the Yr award in Components 1 embody Michael Schumacher, who gained it twice in 2002 and 2004, and Sebastian Vettel in 2014.
“A giant thanks to everybody voting for me from the Laureus Academy,” Verstappen mentioned in his acceptance speech.
“A really particular 12 months, a really hectic 12 months as a result of the strain was all the time on. I couldn’t do that with out the staff behind me, the individuals again on the manufacturing facility. It was an unbelievable effort that we gained the championship.
“I need to give a particular point out additionally to my dad [Jos Verstappen]. With out him, I wouldn’t be standing right here right now and I recognize each second we share collectively on this success story and hopefully many extra to return.
Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing celebrates along with his father Jos Verstappen
Photograph by: Getty Pictures / Purple Bull Content material Pool
“I used to be very comfortable, in fact, nevertheless it was a whole lot of laborious work and years of preparation. I’m extremely proud. Since I used to be just a little child I used to be dreaming of being on the highest step and profitable the championship.
“Afterwards, I mentioned to my dad ‘We did it, that is what we labored for all these years and now we’re right here, the 2 of us, all of the reminiscences, all of the years of travelling throughout Europe, going for that one objective and we achieved it.'”
Six-time MotoGP title winner Marc Marquez was nominated for World Comeback of the Yr, following his return to racing from a prolonged arm harm final 12 months, however was crushed by skateboarder Sky Brown, who suffered a cranium fracture and a damaged left wrist and arm in coaching however recovered to win a bronze medal within the Tokyo Olympics.
Mercedes’ F1 staff was additionally crushed to Group of the Yr by the Italian males’s nationwide soccer staff, which beat England to Euro 2020 glory at Wembley – however has subsequently didn’t qualify for this 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar.
Valentino Rossi additionally gained the Laureus Sporting Icon award following his retirement from motorcycle racing on the finish of 2021, ending a profession that resulted in seven MotoGP titles.
“I’ve already taken two prizes from the Laureus Academy, so I’ve to thank all people for this,” Rossi mentioned in his speech upon accepting the award.
“That is nice. I used to be fortunate as a result of I had a whole lot of nice achievements in my profession. The victories for positive are vital, however I believe a very powerful factor is that lots of people know MotoGP and began to comply with motor biking due to me.
“That is the game that I like and I’m very pleased with this.”